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Aural Pleasure: Dan Deacon, José González And Drake 

Dan Deacon | Glass Riffer | Domino | ★★★★

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The Lego Movie missed a clear opportunity by not getting Dan Deacon to soundtrack it. In Deacon, the producers had a fellow master builder, a mad sound scientist capable of layering unremarkable blocks into towering creations. His twistedly brilliant remix of "Call Me Maybe," which looped the a capella opening line nearly 150 times, might be the best example of his gift. But Deacon has always been best when building from his own box of blocks. For Gliss Riffer, his eighth release, he's assembled some of his best: break-time house beats, major key hooks, robot voices (so many robot voices). They don't always stack into masterpieces, but when things do come together, as on the dizzying surge of "When I Was Done Dying" to the carousel whirl "Learning to Relax," they showcase an electro-virtuoso at his cracked best. — J.D. Swerzenski

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